WHAT WE DO:
Funded by Charles Schwab Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Money Matters: Make It CountSM program is designed to promote money management skills among teens, ages 13-18. The program consists of fun, interactive activities and exercises on topics such as using a checking account, managing debt, saving for college and learning the basics of investing. The program is targeted primarily at teens from underserved communities.
Nearly 325,000 teens at approximately 1,700 Boys & Girls Clubs across the U.S. have participated in Money Matters since the program’s launch in mid-2004. In addition, since the launch of the program, Charles Schwab Foundation has presented a cumulative total of $390,000 in scholarships to 187 Club teens who completed Money Matters and demonstrated exceptional financial skills from their newly acquired knowledge of personal finance.
WHAT WE OFFER:
WHAT WE NEED:
We need your support to help reach teens and encourage them to deepen their financial management skills by looking for a Money Matters program at a local Boys & Girls Club. Any teen can access the Money Matters website, so you can also help by sharing the link, http://www.MoneyMattersMakeItCount.com, with the teens involved in your programs and by sharing the link on social media.
To keep the Money Matters: Make It Count program fresh, interesting and relevant, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and Charles Schwab Foundation have revised its curriculum, expanding upon the program’s existing materials and creating new, interactive activities to bring the program to life. While the personal finance program still focuses on the five key areas of budgeting, saving and investing, planning for college, credit/debt and entrepreneurship, the new Facilitator’s Guide and Teen Personal Finance Guide have been updated to simplify the lessons and provide more thorough examples and activities, making the program even easier to execute.
As a complement to the new curriculum, the program also includes a new website. In addition to its fresh look, MoneyMattersMakeItCount.com not only provides the basic information found in the curriculum, but also includes an array of interactive activities such as budgeting and planning tools and games. Additionally, the website is no longer solely restricted to Club members. The majority of the site is available to the public, making this valuable information accessible to all teens.
Both the website and the curriculum have tools and activities to help young people manage their money and prepare for their futures.
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